Grooming is when someone builds an emotional relationship with a child to gain their trust for the sole purpose of sexual abuse or sexual exploitation. Children or young people can be groomed by someone they know or even someone they have only met online. Austin Jones deserves to be in prison for what he did to those girls. Remember that if anyone tries to make you do something you are uncomfortable with, speak up and tell someone about it. Grooming is something we often don’t even realize is happening, and it’s done by people we look up to and think we can trust. If you are a parent of a child, make sure you don’t leave them alone with anyone that you don’t know well or trust, and always check in with your child so they know they can tell you if something odd is happening.
The second story I want to cover is about the conviction of Michelle Carter for encouraging her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to kill himself via text messages. I wanted to talk about this story because I want to remind you all to be careful who you put on your list to call during a hard time. We are so vulnerable when we reach out and need support. Make sure the people on your list are ones you can trust and who want you to feel better and fight harder against those nasty voices. I would encourage you to have a reputable source to reach out to as your first call. This could be a therapist, school counselor, best friend who has always encouraged us, a family member who wants us to get better, suicide hotline, crisis text line etc. Whomever it is, make sure they only encourage positive change and health. xox Please share! You never know who this could help.
Phil’s video: https://youtu.be/UJZY8e1rKGQ
Report child abuse: https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ (for the UK) https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/responding/reporting/ (in the states)
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call a local emergency telephone number or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.
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